Communist Party-linked firm donated courses amid coronavirus shutdown
The Chinese Communist Party is using the shift to online learning spurred by the coronavirus pandemic to increase its influence over American school children.
The Chinese-language learning platform Lingo Bus, known to censor anti-Chinese Communist Party content, has donated its services to U.S. schools, reported the National Pulse.
In Utah, Lingo Bus, a subsidiary of China-based company VIPkid, is providing one-on-one, real-time, personalized Chinese lessons for children aged 5 to 12.
In one of the sessions, teacher Zheng Yamin declared: “Behind the language is the culture. When we learn Chinese, we are also learning Chinese culture, Chinese morality and values. … On National Day of China last year, the children watched a grand military parade with me. They thought President Xi Jinping was cool. Later, when they saw President Xi Jinping delivering the New Year’s speech, they thought President Xi Jinping was very kind.”
National Pulse reported that in classic Chinese Communist Party fashion, the company has fired teachers that used maps depicting Taiwan as independent of China and those who dare to address the Tiananmen Square Massacre.